Aristolochia gigantea

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Aristolochia gigantea Mart. & Zucc.

Aristolochiaceae

Life form: climber

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   10

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: cordate

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: not specified

179A / 961d22 

Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Piperopsida
Subclassis:
Piperidae
Superordo:
Lactoridanae
Ordo:
Aristochiales

Aristolochia gigantea is a climber.

Naming

Aristolochia gigantea was described by Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius in 1824. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Aristolochia gigantea is a species in the genus Aristolochia which contains approximately 489 to 545 species and belongs to the family of the Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort Family). The type species of the genus is Aristolochia rotunda.

Characteristics

Aristolochia gigantea - flowers

Growth

The climbers reach heights of 1 to 4 metres.

Leaves

Aristolochia gigantea is evergreen. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are cordate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Aristolochia gigantea produces solitary dark-red flowers from August to September.


Root System

Distribution

Aristolochia gigantea is native to Panama.

Cultivation

The climbers prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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